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  Safdarjang Tomb
Posted by: Black Dog - 03-10-2015, 02:21 PM - Forum: Heritage Places In Delhi - Replies (2)

Safdarjung's Tomb is the last enclosed garden tomb in Delhi in the tradition of Humayun's Tomb, though it if far less grand in scale. It was built in 1753- 54 as mausoleum of Safdarjung, the viceroy of Awadh under theMughal Emperor, Mohammed Shah.

It has several smaller pavilions with evocative names like Jangli Mahal, (Palace in the woods), Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace) and Badshah Pasand(King's favourite)

The complex also has a madarsa. The archaeological Survey of India maintains a library over the main gateway.

Location: Intersection of

Safdarjung Road and
Aurobindo Marg
Metro Station: Jor Bagh
Open: Daily
Timings: Sunrise to Sunset
Entry Fee: [Image: rupee.jpg]5 (Indians),
[Image: rupee.jpg]100 (foreigners)
Photography Charges: Free (still
camera), [Image: rupee.jpg]25 (video camera)

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  Jama Masjid
Posted by: Black Dog - 03-10-2015, 02:19 PM - Forum: Heritage Places In Delhi - No Replies

This great mosque of Old Delhi is the largest in India, with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees. It was begun in 1644 and ended up being the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor who built the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort.

The highly decorative mosque has three great gates, four towers and two 40 m-high minarets constructed of strips of red sandstone and white marble. Travelers can hire robes at the northern gate. This may be the only time you get to dress like a local without feeling like an outsider so make the most of it.

Location: Off Netaji Subhash
Marg, west of Red Fort
Metro Station: Chawri Bazaar
Open: All days of the week
Timings: 7am to Noon,
1.30pm to 6.30pm.
Tourists not allowed during
prayer hours
Entry Fee: Free
Photography: [Image: rupee.jpg]200

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  Purana Quila
Posted by: Black Dog - 03-10-2015, 02:17 PM - Forum: Heritage Places In Delhi - No Replies

One does not have to go far to see the old fort or Purana Quila standing stoically amidst wild greenery.Built on the site of the most ancient of the numerous cities of Delhi, Indraprastha, Purana Quila is roughly rectangular in shape having a circuit of nearly two kilometers.

The thick ramparts crowned by merlons have three gateways provided with bastions on either side. It was surrounded by a wide moat, connected to river Yamuna, which used to flow on the east of the fort. The northern gate way, called the Talaqui darwaza or the forbidden gateway, combines the typically Islamic pointed arch with Hindu Chhatris and brackets; whereas the southern gateway called the

Humayun Darwaza also had a similar plan.

The massive gateway and walls of Purana Quila were built by Humayun and the foundation laid for the new capital, Dinpanah.
The work was carried forward by Sher Shah Suri,who displaced Humayun, Purana Quila is the venue for the spectacular sound and light show held every evening.

Location: Near Delhi Zoo,

Mathura Road
Nearest Metro Station:
Pragati Maidan
Open: All days
Entry Fee: [Image: rupee.jpg]5 (Indians), [Image: rupee.jpg]100
Days Closed: None
Photography Charges: Free
(still camera); [Image: rupee.jpg]25 (video

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  Jantar Mantar
Posted by: Black Dog - 03-10-2015, 02:15 PM - Forum: Heritage Places In Delhi - No Replies

Jantar Mantar (Yantra - instruments, mantra - formulae) was constrcted in 1724. Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur who built this observatory went on to build other observatories in Ujjain , Varanasi and Mathura. Jai Singh had found the existing astronomical instruments too small to take correct measurements and so he built these larger and more accurate instruments.

The instruments at Jantar Mantar are fascinating for their ingenuity, but accurate observations can no longer be made from here because of the tall buildings around.

Location: Parliament Street,

Connaught Place

Metro Station: Patel Chowk

Open: All days

Timings: Sunrise to Sunset

Entry Fee: [Image: rupee.jpg]5 (Indians), [Image: rupee.jpg]100


Photography Charges: Nil (`25
for video filming)

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  Qutab Minar
Posted by: Black Dog - 03-10-2015, 02:11 PM - Forum: Heritage Places In Delhi - Replies (5)

Qutab Minar is a soaring, 73 m-high tower of victory, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi's last Hindu kingdom. The tower has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony and tapers from a 15 m diameter at the base to just 2.5 m at the top. The first three storeys are made of red sandstone; the fourth and fifth storeys are of marble and sandstone. At the foot of the tower is the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the first mosque to be built in India. An inscription over its eastern gate provocatively informs that it was built with material obtained from demolishing '27 Hindu temples'. A 7 m-high iron pillar stands in the courtyard of the mosque. It is said that if you can encircle it with your hands while standing with your back to it your wish will be fulfilled.

The origins of Qutab Minar are shrouded in controversy. Some believe it was erected as a tower of victory to signify the beginning of the Muslim rule in India. Others say it served as a minaret to the muezzins to call the faithful to prayer.

No one can, however, dispute that the tower is not only one of the finest monuments in India, but also in the world.Qutab-ud-din Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi, commenced the construction of the Qutab Minar in 1200 AD, but could only finish the basement. His successor, Iltutmush, added three more storeys, and in 1368, Firoz Shah Tughlak constructed the fifth and the last storey.

The development of architectural styles from Aibak to Tughlak is quite evident in the minar. The relief work and even the materials used for construction differ. The 238 feet Qutab Minar is 47 feet at the base and tapers to nine feet at the apex. The tower is ornamented by bands of inscriptions and by four projecting balconies supported by elaborately decorated brackets. Even though in ruins, the Quwwat Ui Islam (Light of Islam) Mosque in the Qutab complex is one of the most magnificent structures in the world. Qutab-ud-din Aibak started its construction in 1193 and the mosque was completed in 1197.

Iltutmush in 1230 and Alla-ud-din Khilji in 1315 made additions to the building. The main mosque comprises of an inner and outer courtyard,decorated with shafts and surrounded by piller. Most of these shafts are from the 27 Hindu temples, which were plundered to construct the mosque. It is, therefore, not surprising that the Muslim mosque has typical Hindu ornamentation. Close to the mosque is one of Delhi's most curious antiques, the Iron Pillar.

Location: Mehrauli

Nearest Metro Station:

Qutab Minar

Open: All days

Entry Fee: [Image: rupee.jpg]10 (Indians), [Image: rupee.jpg]250

Days Closed: None

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Brick Humayun Tomb
Posted by: ding dong - 02-10-2015, 03:54 PM - Forum: Heritage Places In Delhi - Replies (5)

Humayun died in 1556, and his widow Hamida Banu Begam, also known as Haji Begam, commenced the construction of his tomb in 1569, fourteen years after his death. It is the first distinct example of proper Mughal style, which was inspired by Persian architecture. It is well known that Humayun picked up the principles of Persian architecture during his exile, and he himself is likely to have planned the tomb, although there is no record to that effect. The tomb was constructed at a cost of 15 lakh rupees (1.5 million).

Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, a Persian, was the architect employed by Haji Begam for this tomb.
The tomb proper stands in the centre of a square garden, divided into four main parterres by causeways (charbagh), in the centre of which ran shallow water-channels. The high rubble built enclosure is entered through two lofty double-storeyed gateways on the west and south. A baradari (pavilion) occupies the centre of the eastern wall and a hammam (bath chamber) in the centre of northern wall.
The square red sandstone double-storeyed structure of the mausoleum with chamfered corners rises from a 7-m. high square terrace, raised over a series of cells, which are accessible through, arches on each side. The grave proper in the centre of this cell-complex is reached by a passage on the south. The octagonal central chamber contains the cenotaph, and the diagonal sides lead to corner-chambers which house the graves of other members of the royal family. Externally each side of the tomb, its elevations decorated by marble borders and panels, is dominated by three arched alcoves, the central one being the highest. Over the roof pillared kiosks are disposed around the high emphatic double dome in the centre. The central octagonal chamber contains the cenotaph, encompassed by octagonal chambers at the diagonals and arched lobbies on the sides. Their openings are closed with perforated screens. Each side is dominated by three arches, the central one being the highest. This plan is repeated on the second storey too. The roof surmounted by a double dome (42.5m) of marble has pillared kiosks (chhatris) placed around it.
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The mausoleum is a synthesis of Persian architecture and Indian traditions-the former exemplified by the arched alcoves, corridors and the high double dome, and the latter by the kiosks, which give it a pyramidal outline from distance. Although Sikandar Lodi's tomb was the first garden-tomb to be built in India, it is Humayun's tomb which set up a new vogue, the crowning achievement of which is the Taj at Agra. There is also a somewhat common human impetus behind these two edifices-one erected by a devoted wife for her husband and the other by an equally or more devoted husband for his wife.
Several rulers of the Mughal dynasty lie buried here. Bahadur Shah Zafar had taken refuge in this tomb with three princes during the first war of Independence (AD 1857).
On the southwestern side of the tomb is located barber's tomb (Nai-ka-Gumbad) which stands on a raised platform, reached by seven steps from the south. The building is square on plan and consists of a single compartment covered with a double-dome.
Open from sunrise to sunset
Entrance Fee:
Citizens of India and visitors of SAARC (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Maldives and Afghanistan) and BIMSTEC Countries (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar) - Rs. 10 per head.
Others: US $ 5 or Indian Rs. 250/- per head
(children up to 15 years free)

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Thumbs Up Delhi Metro
Posted by: ding dong - 02-10-2015, 03:27 PM - Forum: Delhi Airport / Metro / BRTS / RRTS / Monorail Projects - Replies (17)

Delhi Metro currently has 190 km of operational network and is being built in a phase-wise manner with Phase-I ending in 2005-06, Phase-II ending in 2010-11, Phase-III ending in 2015-16, Phase-IV ending in 2020-21, and possibly one or more phases after this.

Phase-I consisted of 65 km of lines
Phase-II consisted of 125 km of lines.
Phase-III is proposed to add 147 km more to the network.

The sections proposed to be built under Phase-III are:

(A) Extension of existing lines

1. Yellow Line extn (Jahangirpuri - Badli) = 4.5 km (within Delhi)

2. Blue Line branch (Dwarka Mor - Najafgarh)= 5 km (within Delhi)

3. Violet Line extn (Central Secretariat - Kashmere Gate) = 9.4 km (within Delhi)

4. Violet Line extn (Badarpur - Faridabad) = 13.9 km (in Faridabad)

5. Airport line extn (Dwarka Sec 21 - HUDA City Centre) = 14 km (4 km in Delhi, rest in Gurgaon)

6. Red Line extn (Dilshad Garden - Mohan Nagar) = 7.5 km (in Ghaziabad)

(B) New lines

1. Ring Road Line / Line 7 (Mukundpur - Yamuna Vihar) = 55.7 km (within Delhi)

2. Outer Ring Road Line / Line 8 (Janakpuri West - Kalindi Kunj - Botanical Garden)= 37.3 km (within Delhi, except 2 stations in Noida)

Apart from these lines, Rapid Metro Rail Gurgaon (5 km) is under construction. 

Noida authority has also proposed a metro network of 86 km in Noida and Greater Noida (including the 3.76 km Kalindi Kunj - Botanical Garden section of ORR line).

Snapshot of network length after Phase-III

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1. Operational network of Delhi Metro (Phase-I and II)

2. How Delhi Metro has been built in phase-wise manner

Phase-I (Red) completed in 2005-06 (65 km)

Phase-II (Green) completed in 2010-11 (125 km)

Phase-III (Blue) to completed by 2015-16 (147 km)

Rapid Metro Rail Gurgaon (Black) to be completed by 2013 (5 km)

View this map live in Google maps here

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3. How Delhi Metro will look after Phase-III - lighter shaded lines still have to be approved.

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4. How Delhi Metro will look after Phase-III (unicolour)

Since some of the line colours such as yellow and orange are difficult to view in Google maps, another map has been created in only one colour to easily visualize the expanse of network.

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Delhi Metro Project Background

The first train rolled down the tracks of Line 1 in 2002. In 2006 when the first phase of construction ended, the Delhi metro consisted of 3 lines, 59 stations totaling 65 kms.

The Delhi Metro was expanded at a war footing pace in all directions during Phase II of the project. After construction on Phase II ended in September 2010, it was able to boast of being the fastest metro system constructed in terms of kms/year added.

It took the DMRC 8 years to complete 65 kms of the Phase I works. For Phase II of the project, it doubled that number while halving the time of completion. It added around 125 kms of track in just around 4 years. The 2nd phase included three new lines, an airport express line and extensions of the lines that were built in Phase I. So by the end of 2010, the Delhi metro system consisted of 7 lines, 142 stations and 190 kms of track.

Delhi Metro Timeline

Phase I

25 Dec 2002: Red Line - Shahdara - Tis-Hazari, 8.3 kms

03 Oct 2003: Red Line - Tis Hazari - Inder Lok, 4.1 kms

31 Mar 2004: Red Line - Inder Lok - Rithala, 8.9 kms

19 Dec 2004: Yellow Line - Vishwa Vidyalaya - Kashmere Gate, 4 kms

03 July 2005: Yellow Line - Kashmere Gate - Central Secretariat, 7 kms

31 Dec 2005: Blue Line - Dwarka - Barakhamba, 22.9 kms

01 Apr 2006: Blue Line - Dwarka - Dwarka Sector 9, 6.5 kms

11 Nov 2006: Blue Line - Barakhamba - Indraprastha, 4.0 kms

Phase II

04 Jun 2008: Red Line - Shahdara - Dilshad Garden, 3.1 kms

04 Feb 2009: Yellow Line - Vishwa Vidyalaya - Jahangirpuri, 6.4 kms

10 May 2009: Blue Line - Indraprastha - Yamuna Bank, 2.1 kms

13 Nov 2009: Blue Line - Yamuna Bank - Noida City Centre , 13.1 kms

08 Jan 2010: Blue Line - Yamuna Bank - Anand Vihar, 6.3 kms

03 Apr 2010: Green Line - Inderlok - Mundka, 15.1 kms

21 Jun 2010: Yellow Line - Qutab Minar - Huda City Centre, 14.5 kms

03 Sep 2010: Yellow Line - Central Secretariat - Qutub Minar, 12.5 kms

03 Oct 2010: Violet Line - Central Secretariat - Sarita Vihar, 15 kms

30 Oct 2010: Blue Line - Dwarka Sector 9 - Dwarka Sector 21, 2.8 kms

14 Jan 2011: Violet Line - Sarita Vihar - Badarpur, 5.1 kms

23 Feb 2011: Airport Express Line - New Delhi RS - Dwarka Sec 21, 22.5 kms

14 July 2011: Blue Line - Anand Vihar - Vaishali, 2.6 kms

27 Aug 2011: Green Line - Kirti Nagar - Ashok Park Main, 3.3 kms

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Detailed Line Information - prepared by Abhishek

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Network Route Maps - Courtesy Abhishek

Operational Network

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Phase III

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Phase I+II+III - courtesy Varunshiv - click to view large

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Phase IV

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Tongue Delhi Roads and Flyovers
Posted by: Black Dog - 02-10-2015, 03:09 PM - Forum: Delhi Airport / Metro / BRTS / RRTS / Monorail Projects - No Replies

Images And Video of Delhi Roads Cool Cool Cool

Dwarka link road

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  Dwarka Delhi
Posted by: Black Dog - 30-09-2015, 04:33 PM - Forum: West Delhi - No Replies

Dwarka Sub City

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Brick Shiv Murti Mahipalpur
Posted by: ding dong - 30-09-2015, 04:04 PM - Forum: Picnic Spots in Delhi - Replies (1)

Shiv Murti Mahipalpur

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